Foxman is wrong
By Ted Belman
“It’s not 1967 borders in the abstract. It’s not an edict. It’s a recommendation of a structure for negotiations.”
Foxman is trying to make a silk purse out of a sow’s ear. By supporting the Arab position which is also supported by the EU, Obama is confining the limits of negotiation and usurping res 242 which requires negotiations to achieve “secure borders”. He is saying that the Arabs are entitled to the equivalent of “all the territories” rather than some of the territories. This is fundamental. He is also imposing the broad strokes of a solution leaving only details to be negotiated.
Israel is in the driver’s seat. She is in possession. If the Arabs want a state of their own it will have to be on Israel’s terms. Obama is trying to force a solution on Arab terms.
Obama’s statement shouldn’t be viewed in isolation. Recently Britain and France threatened Israel that if she didn’t agree to negotiate on ’67 lines, they would recognized Palestine in ’67 borders. Obama weighed in on their side. To be fair, Obama is also against recognition by the UN preferring negotiations.
I have written in the past that the reason he takes this position is because he wants to keep Israel shackled by Oslo while the world pressures Israel to give in on negotiations. Israel has threatened to abort Oslo if there is such a recognition. This would liberate her to annex more lands.
Obama doesn’t want this to happen. He will try to convince the EU of this danger.
Israel must be free to argue it needs the Jordan as its eastern border. So its more than negotiating tactics. Israel will never accept that she must return 100% of the land. Res 242 doesn’t require it.